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Beating A Dead Horse

Reader comment on item: Two Years of Intifada

Submitted by Gershon ben Daniel (United States), Sep 30, 2002 at 16:18

Dear Daniel:

I like what you said in your debate with Ali Abunimah. However, don't you agree that you would literally have to beat this guy over his head with a bat in order to get him to listen to you? And, even then, he would not be "listening."

Every objective person, who is knowledgeable of history, knows that the corrupting influence regarding the acceptance of the State of Israel is gross prejudice, lies and deceit.

There is one other element, the reporting of news in the press. Let's say that you try to rob me at gun point. I somehow get your gun, bash you in the face with your own gun, and then break your arm. I then walk down the street to a phone booth, to phone police. While I am phoning, the police arrive. You tell them that I tried to rob you, and look what happened. And, look out, he has a gun.

This simplified version of one event, is how the truth can be twisted. The robber here, failed to mention his crime. Can you imagine how the above would be reported in the press? I of course got arrested in this fictitious event, and am now sitting behind bars.

Failing to mention what actually caused an event, is one of the ways that Palestinians are able to get twisted news into the press. Reporters interviewing Palestinians after some military event by Israel, often fail to mention background that caused the event to happen in the first place. Good people reading twisted news about events in Israel, gain their positions towards Israel and the Palestinians, by absorbing lies and distorted news stories. I myself, as knowledgeable as I am, find that I am sometimes thrown off by damned lies that are presented as the truth.

I have racked my brain, to find some way to counter this avalanche of lies. So far, I have not come up with an answer. I am looking though.

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